And the lucky winner is…..

The lucky winner of my giveaway Celebrating Five Years Blogging – and a Giveaway! is –


Congratulations, Robert! The print of Boscastle Lookout in the Sunset will shortly be winging its way to you.

And thank you all for taking part, and for the lovely comments.

It was a very fun thing to do, so look out for the next one.

Back to the painting now…



The Big Art Issue


House & Garden Nov  - The Art Edit

Look what arrived in the post today! The Big Art Issue of House & Garden magazine, due out on Monday, wherein they feature one of my paintings, and a little piece about me. Woo hoo! I’m so pleased. Can you spot which one is mine? (Clue: it’s blue, and shows the Cornish Coast!)

If you like art, the magazine this month is a gem. It includes articles on how to hang art, as well as how to light and frame it. There’s also a guide to the best UK exhibitions to see over the autumn/winter: my favourite is in London – ‘Monochrome Painting in Black and White’ at the National Gallery, though I’d also love to see ‘Rembrandt: Lighting the Darkness’ at the Norfolk Museum.

The magazine’s beautifully produced, and the photography is just stunning. Why not take a look? If you want to find me quickly, I’m on page 202. And the painting’s available for purchase now at )

H&G Cover

Fancy an Art Break in Cornwall?

Welcome to my newest Venture – Boscastle Art Breaks

I’m very excited to be offering the first Art Holiday in the series:

‘Landscapes in Mixed Media’

7 – 9 November 2017

Boscastle Morning Photo

Want to learn something new, or just indulge your Inner Artist?

Explore the stunning North Cornwall coast for some sketchbook drawing, and then return back to base to create mixed media paintings. Enjoy also the specially designed ‘Leafscape’ workshop with experienced tutor Liz Gregory, who’ll show you how to use found natural materials to make eye-catching pictures.
Accommodation and full board included, as well as friendly expert tuition, materials and trips. Suitable for all levels.

 Go to Boscastle Art Breaks, for more information and to book, or email me at boscastleartbreaks(at)

And don’t worry if you can’t make the November one – I’ll be running the art break again in the springtime. Check the website for details.




Red Pepper & Satsumas Painting

red pepper satsumas fruit vegetables orange blue still-life acrylic painting

Red Pepper & Satsumas

Acrylic  28 x 23 cm / 11 x 9 ins

This painting didn’t quite make it in time for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge, which finished on Wednesday. So I worked on it further today. It still needs a little tweaking, but I  wanted to recommence posting a painting a week on this blog, so here it is.

The  30 in 30 Challenge  was a great thing to do – I finished fifteen paintings, which feels like a success, since it’s fifteen more than I usually paint in January, or any month, come to that. You can see  them all at . I’m hoping to build on the momentum, and continue painting many more this year.

Thanks for visiting.

30 in 30 Challenge – Brown Eggs Painting

Brown Eggs Painting; Still Life Painting; 30 in 30 Challenge

Brown Eggs

Acrylic  (8.5 x 7.5 ins / 22 x 19 cm)

This painting has taken a long time – several days. I love drawing eggs in egg boxes – fascinating shapes and textures. But I’ve never painted them before. And it’s so difficult! I got very frustrated at not being able to make the eggs look ‘right’, then realised half-way through  that they’re organic eggs, and therefore all different sizes, not to mention shapes and colours. So a small egg in the front will look smaller than a large egg at the back, which makes perspective really tricky. And getting them to look perfectly rounded and smooth, especially when you’re working to a deadline … !  Anyway, this is the finished painting. Phew! On to something easier now.

30 in 30 Challenge – Red Peppers Painting

Red Peppers Painting; Purple Painting;

Red Peppers

20 x 17 cm/8 x 7 ins   Acrylic

The problem with  drawing food is – well, there are two problems. One is that you can’t have it for your tea until you’ve finished the painting. And the other is that, if you delay finishing the painting, and it runs on over days, then the subject gets a fatal mould and perishes. You can’t have it for your tea then, either. Gives a new meaning to ‘the Starving Artist’!

As the subject had perished, I decided to go for a stylised approach, to finish the painting. Think the result works quite well.